SCO gives grace period to Linux users

FRAMINGHAM (10/17/2003) - The SCO Group Inc. has decided to give Linux users another two weeks before doubling the license fees it is demanding for its Intellectual Property License for Linux, and has backed off on plans to begin sending invoices to commercial Linux users. The extension comes because SCO was late to market with its licensing plan, which was announced in August, according to a SCO spokesman. The company has extended its deadline until Oct. 31. After that, pricing will jump to about US$1,400 per processor. At the same time, SCO has decided to hold off on its plans to begin sending invoices to Linux users. SCO is compiling a list of commercial Linux users, and previously it said that it expected to begin invoicing these companies by mid-October. The invoicing plans have been delayed indefinitely.

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